Nowadays subjects such as environmental protection, ecology, air pollution, carbon emissions and eco-friendly actions are very common. We are surrounded by subjects as we mentioned before in the media and on the street. The auto industry is not an exception and the theme of eco-friendly cars is up-to-date.
What are eco-friendly cars?
Well, in order to be environmentally friendly a car should follow certain directions and requirements. First of all, it should have lower or zero carbon emissions. Then it should be built as much as possible from ecological materials. The fuels that these types of cars are using should be alternative fuels. Another aspect has as target the reducing of oil imports and in this way to reduce the green house gas emissions.
Those cars that are eco-friendly include: electric cars, hybrid electric vehicles, flexible-fuel vehicles, compressed-air vehicles and hydrogen vehicles.
“PROS” eco-friendly cars
Every change that happens around the world receives critics and appreciations. The subject of eco-friendly cars is not an exception. There are plenty of opinions and supporters of these environmentally friendly vehicles. The advantages of eco-friendly cars that are supported by these PROs include the reducing of carbon emissions, reducing the air pollution into the cities, reducing oil imports and fossil fuel use, reducing the greenhouse gas emissions and all these benefits may be seen in our health. Those persons that are supporting the idea of eco-friendly cars are trying to accelerate the process of introducing these kinds of vehicles into our lives. There are also groups that are against eco-friendly cars because for sure that you may find also some minuses of these cars.
“CONS” eco-friendly cars
Always when you have a “PRO” group, you will have a “CON” group. It is very human to be like that. As for the eco-friendly cars, those that are part of the “CON’ group found several reasons to be against this new type of cars that are starting to be very present on the streets around the world. These reasons include: the negative impact of manufacturing the components of these cars, short lives of the eco-friendly cars, and the necessity of energy stations for non-fuel cars and also the final disposal of these cars. Those that are part of the “CON” group are saying that overall the energy that is used to manufacture eco-friendly cars and all their components involve more energy consumption than conventional cars. And due to this, in the long term the pollution will be higher than now. The high price of these eco-friendly cars is another element that is supported by those from the “CON” group.
Auto industry had important contributions into human lives. But there are also some impacts on the environment such as air pollution and energy consumption during manufacturing the components of the cars. Eco-friendly cars are the proposal of the auto industry to solve part of these impacts. But even these environmentally friendly vehicles raise certain challenges and have impacts on the environment. But as long as we intend to move easily and facilitate our mobility, we have to be aware that there will always be impacts that will affect the environment, more or less.